Ignition Video Series: When Family Doesn't Support Your Entrepreneurial Dream

Ignition Video Series: When Family Doesn't Support Your Entrepreneurial Dream

When someone makes the decision to become an entrepreneur, not everyone fully understands why or what that means.  Family especially, are often concerned about the amount of time that being an entrepreneur requires, the lack of stability and sometimes the lack of money.  In this episode of Ignition, Ramon and Ellis talk about how to better communicate with family members who don't fully understand or support your entrepreneurial lifestyle.

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Question of the Week: How do I make my family see that, yes, I am working a lot but that running my dance studio is a real job? I’m growing steadily but not rapidly and I really need their support.

To watch this episode of Ignition click here, or simply watch below.

As with any family, communication is key. The entrepreneurial journey is not for everyone, and for that reason, many people don't understand it. Here are a few ways that you can communicate with your family to help them understand your life as an entrepreneur.

Include them in your journey

One of the best ways to make your family understand your life as an entrepreneur is to include them in it. Share with them your vision, your goals and what your dream is and ask them to be a part of it.  Once they understand that what you're doing is not just a hobby but a way of making a living, they may be more inclined to help and support you through your journey.

Define expectations

Being an entrepreneur involves a lot of passion as well as a lot of risk so, refining everyone's expectations is important to make sure everyone is on the same page.  What do your family members expect from you? What do you expect from your family members? This is critical to better communicate and meet everyones needs.

Be completely open

Sometimes as an entrepreneur it can be intimidating to present to our loved ones how much or how little we make. Along our journey we see any progress in our business as an accomplishment and taking us that many steps closer to reaching our goals.  Our partners or loved ones may not always see it that way, so sharing your income is a good way to keep them out of the dark and get them to appreciate what you're doing.

Watch the video to find out more ways that you can deal with family members who don't support you or don't understand your entrepreneurial lifestyle.

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